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The importance of student voice

A recent thought-provoking opinion piece from the Sydney Morning Herald called for the voice of students to be included in the national discourse on home-based learning, claiming that the views and feelings of students are being ignored.

At BGS, we have sought to capture an authentic student voice from the very first week of home-based learning in Term 1, shaping weekly survey questions in response to trends and issues emerging in the data.

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Online - Microsoft Teams

The BGSOBA invites all Old Boys interested, studying, or working in science and technology to join us for our inaugural virtual Professional Networking event.

A panel of BGS Old Boys will lead a discussion focusing on how you can begin or advance your career in science and technology.

The panellists are:

Arjuna Kumarasuriyar '98

  • Director of Commercial Operations, Asia Pacific & Japan at Illumina - the world's largest innovator in genome sequencing.
  • Academically trained as a scientist: Bachelor of Biotechnology, first class honours from The University of Queensland, and PhD in Molecular Biology conducted at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore.
  • Current Career as a commercial leader in Biotechnology: Leading a team responsible for a enabling Illumina's customer facing teams through analytics, process excellence, technology deployment, training, revenue operations, customer care and sales support.
  • 2020 BGS Foundation guest speaker. Read his speech here.

Professor Michael Milford '98

  • Deputy Director of the QUT Centre for Robotics and Professor of Robotics.
  • Leads interdisciplinary research at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience, artificial intelligence and computer vision for applications in autonomous vehicles and robotics.
  • Has collaborated with or received funding from over 60 of the world's leading organisations including Microsoft, Google, NASA, the US Air Force; Harvard, MIT, and Oxford universities, and has trained students and staff who have gone on to careers at Google Deepmind, Facebook, Caterpillar and Alibaba.
  • Winner of the 2019 Batterham Medal for Engineering Excellence, an AMP Tomorrow Fund Award, Queensland Young Tall Poppy of the Year and Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, and named the top robotics researcher in Australia by The Australian magazine.
  • One of Australia's most in-demand experts in technologies including self-driving cars, robotics and artificial intelligence, and a passionate science communicator and educational entrepreneur with startup Math Thrills.

James Chin Moody '93

  • Co-founder and CEO of Sendle.
  • PhD in Innovation Theory from the Australian National University and former Executive Director, Development of the CSIRO.
  • 2019 Co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Digital Economy and Society.
  • One of Australia's leading thinkers on innovation and sustainability, and co-author of the book "The Sixth Wave: How to succeed in a resource-limited world".

Numbers are limited so secure your place by registering for this online event. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the session. Please check for the email in your inbox or junk folder.

For further enquiries please contact Carla Hardy, Alumni and Community Relations Manager, on +61 7 3834 5206 or

Please feel free to share this invitation among your fellow Old Boys.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Forrest '87
BGS Old Boys' Association


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